Category Archives: Children’s / YA Lit

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

Somehow in my recent Internet wanderings I stumbled on a blog (the link now lost to me) that was devoted to old-school young adult and middle grade books, the kinds of books I found in the small young adult section … Continue reading

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The Scorpio Races

What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood. The fastest and strongest of what is left from two weeks of preparation on the sand. It’s the surf in your face, the deadly magic of … Continue reading

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The Wee Free Men / A Hat Full of Sky

Just a week after deciding she wanted to be a witch, nine-year-old Tiffany Aching had her first chance to test her powers when she spotted a group of six-inch-tall men being chased up the river by a green-haired creature with … Continue reading

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Ounce Dice Trice

I don’t normally review the children’s books I read (of which, since I have children, there is a bounteous plenty), but sometimes I come across one that is such a delight, I feel the need to share it with as … Continue reading

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Doll Bones

I’ve been seeing reviews of Holly Black’s books here and there on blogs I like (Jeanne likes her, for instance), and I’m fairly sure that it was Ana’s review of Doll Bones that finally tipped me over the pick-it-up-at-the-library edge. … Continue reading

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The Dream Thieves

Ronan Lynch, one of the four Aglionby Academy students introduced in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, has secrets—lots of secrets. In the first Raven Cycle book, we got a few hints about his secrets, particularly the secret surrounding Ronan finding … Continue reading

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The Raven Boys

It was April 24, St. Mark’s Eve. For most people, St. Mark’s Day came and went without note. It wasn’t a school holiday. No presents were exchanged. There were no costumes or festivals. There were no St. Mark’s Day sales, … Continue reading

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Off With Their Heads!

I found out about Maria Tatar’s book, Off With Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood over on Eva’s blog. I love fairy tales, folk tales, and ballads, and the various retellings of them that crop up in … Continue reading

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Binny for Short

Thanks to the wise recommendations of Other Jenny, I am now completely hooked on Hilary McKay. I started out with her books about the Casson family (highly, highly recommended, and I’m not done with them yet because I don’t really … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Alcott

I have been extremely busy for the past couple of weeks, thanks to the beginning of the school year. Whenever I’m stressed or sick or unhappy (and thankfully I’m only stressed at the moment), I turn to familiar re-reads, and … Continue reading

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